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Bike biz turns 10

While the Carlton and Jay Cooke State Park area is known for its recreational trails, many people who would like to experience the beauty of these trails by bicycle may not be aware of a great resourc... Full story

 

Mask appeal leads to mass production

When Gail Van Guilder made her first face mask, she was thinking of the potential danger the coronavirus posed to her family and herself. Now, more than a thousand masks later, her effort to supply... Full story

 

Nantiques shop open for curiosity seekers

With people looking for opportunities to get out of the house and find something new, interesting and safe to do, a local shop with some decidedly dated inventory may prove to be a fun and worthwhile... Full story

 

Rickety Desk: Here's to looking out for each other with food and music

Wouldn't you know, I had just put down my glasses somewhere and for the life of me I could not find them. Of course, when I finally discovered them sitting above the brim of my ball cap - on my head -...

 

Rickety Desk: Videos provide needed light in uncertain times

With teams of experts reminding us daily of the defensive measures we must all take to fight off the coronavirus, we tend to think that's all we need to do. But now comes our moment to go on the... Full story

 

Rickety Desk: Shows must go on

When I was kid, one of the fun things that might happen when the family was stuck in the house on a snowy day was a "theatrical production." These were usually a one-act play dreamed up by the kids...

 

Care homes strive to keep connections in quarantine

Coronavirus represents an elevated threat to elderly people and those with compromised immune systems. Understandably, those who have a family member or a loved one in an assisted living or long-term...

 

Connection made to Arizona mom

Just minutes after I finished interviewing one of the two directors for the article that starts on the previous page, I got a call from Linda, an activities assistant at the residential memory care...

 

Column: Offering support as we distance ourselves

We all know that a key to our health and well-being in this pandemic is "social distancing." While I can feel totally helpless against an enemy that is invisible, powerful, global and doesn't care a...

 

'Apple tree guy' learns to innovate

When Dustin Anderson wanted to improve his small vineyard in Carlton, he called the company that had sold him his grapevines. What happened next is why he is known as "The Apple Tree Guy" and not...

 

She's quilting a career making art with wood

Leah Hammond stood on the showroom floor of her family's woodworking business in Cloquet. Beside her was her latest hand-crafted wall hanging, an elegant testimony to her creativity and... Full story

 

Arts for a spark

Cloquet’s downtown revitalization efforts received a nice boost last week when, along with three other Minnesota municipalities, the city was selected for the 2020 Artists on Main Street cohort.... Full story

 

Carlton family business thrives in changing times

When Neil and Theresa Erickson bought Carlton's Woodland Grocery back in 2013, it was already like an old familiar friend. Theresa had found her first job at the store, which was then owned by her...

 

Mary Lee celebrates six decades of teaching gymnastics, dance

First, you experience great surprise, and then awe, as you see a child springing into the air, turning, flipping, and landing on their feet. Next, an involuntary "Wow!" springs from your own throat.... Full story

 

Mothy Musings: Here's two trains with divergent tracks

Imagine two passenger trains, sitting in the same railway station in a small Minnesota town. Each is taking on passengers bound for a year-long tour of the country, but set to travel in opposite direc... Full story

 

Don Brown returns with the classic country sound

The voice is deep, rich, and weathered. The hands may show some age, but they glide over the strings of the old Gibson guitar effortlessly, like they have maybe a million times before. Don Brown is... Full story

 

Carlton man makes his name in service to others

There are very few people in this world who are widely known by just their first names. Some athletes, celebrities, or the occasional politician might achieve this distinction, but it is a fairly... Full story

 

GUEST VIEW: Don't make stuff up when it comes to PolyMet

In a representative democracy where discussion of issues should be fact-based, it’s always disappointing when publicly elected officials resort to mischaracterizations, half-truths, and good-old-fas...

 

High on biking: For Alexandera Houchin, the trail continues to rise

Somewhere deep in the Colorado Rockies is an unnamed gravel road that twists and turns on its way up past little-known Grayback Mountain. Indiana Pass crests at 11,910 feet right on this road, and...

 

Scores of bike riders take to signature trail

A light mist began to fall at 11 a.m., just as riders began to roll their bicycles onto the Munger Trail from the Northern Pacific Junction shelter in Carlton. The occasion was the Carlton County Comm... Full story

 

After 63 years, Marge Stillwell still loves to play the pipes

Seated at the console of the beloved pipe organ she has played for more than six decades, Marge Stillwell paused for a moment. Her mind rolled through the catalogues of favorite music and fondest memo...

 

Carving out a farm niche in the county

John Fisher-Merritt knew his purpose, and did not hesitate before answering. He had created a demand for, and built a community around quality, sustainably grown food. Then came the questions: Why wou...

 

Wrenshall farm hosts state leader on agriculture

Minnesota Department of Agriculture Commissioner Thom Petersen visited the Food Farm just south of Wrenshall on May 24. Petersen spoke to a gathering of about 30 people, drawing attention to Food...

 

School and trades help each other out

Finding and getting started on a great career right out of high school is rarely an easy task. Yet helping to make that happen is what Cloquet High School, through its building trades program, has set...

 

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